UN Geneva, Human Rights Council - MMM supports the OHCHR's views and recommendations on the Rights of the child and inclusive social protection presented to the Council. Our oral statement stresses in particular the importance of strong parental support, paid maternity and parental leaves, parenting education and comprehensive childcare policies.
The following is the full text of this statement.
Make Mothers Matter welcomes OHCHR’s excellent report on the Rights of the child and inclusive social protection .
The report recalls that parents hold the primary responsibility for children’s upbringing, and that States must provide them with the appropriate support.
We fully endorse the report’s recommendations, in particular that:
Children are the next generation of citizens and workers. Investing in universal social protection, including maternity and parental support, is investing in their future and our common future – with high returns.
The statement was delivered during the General Debate, which followed the presentation of the reports that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights prepared for the 54th Session of the Human Rights Council.
These included the report on Child Rights and Inclusive Social Protection, to which MMM had provided input jointly with a group of other international NGOs working under the umbrella of Child Rights Connect.
Joint submission from Child Rights Connect, Hope and Homes for Children, Make Mothers Matter, Save the Children and Terres des Hommes International Federation to OHCHR’s call for input on Child Rights and inclusive Social Protection
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